- Windows 8.1 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 2MP Front Camera
- 3840mAH Battery
- 16GB Internal Memory
iBall WQ32: Stepping up to the Windows Challenge
Confusions are bound to crop up as with the flurry of Windows 8.1 empowered tablets, most of which are affordable as well. While some perceive this as the perfect balance between a usual standalone tablet and an inflexible laptop, some beg to differ as for the lack of added storage space and a poorer battery life. In comes the iBall WQ32 which factors in some of the class-lending specs which do push it a tad closer to being the perfect replacement for the keyboard dependent lot.
Pros: This tablet readily boasts of a decent build which is ably backed up by the strategic pricing range. With the 3G support up its sleeve, the iBall WQ32 is all set to provide a fantastic browsing experience.
Cons: While the customers may feel fleeced as with the low internal storage, the poor camera was actually more on the expected lines. Windows functionality has always been under scrutiny and the app scaling anomaly further paves way for the lowered popularity.
Feature Set: IPS display readily backs up the 8 inch display whereas the Intel Atom processor feels extremely smooth with the 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM allotment.
These are only a few to name and the subsequent review would unearth every single spec in detail thus letting the users take their pick as per the bucks shelled out.
While the run-of-the-mill aspect is more of a regular thing for this device, the Windows home tab seems to be missing out this time. One may then easily confuse the tablet with an Android variant whereas the wider bezels do portray a charming association. Although its plastic made, but the exterior seldom feels low-end as for the fantastic design cues resorted to. The iBall WQ32 carefully integrates the power and volume keys quite sparingly so as to avoid any clutter whereas the micro-US and HDMI do serve the needful. There is an extended flap covering the DS card slot while this device feels sturdy at most times leaving aside the occasional creeks when subjected to stress. The weight feels a bit extra while the dimensions are mostly in sync with the recent user requirements.
Processor and Storage:
The latest chipset in Intel Atom Z3735D has been included which accentuates the overall gaming and multitasking experience. Backed up by the 2GB of flash memory, the iBall WQ32 is all set to come out with a seamless, user-friendly experience. The built in process is exceedingly fast and the multiple cores come in handy for the users who were looking for a budget laptop which wouldn’t lag but provide a stutter free performance. The 16GB storage may sound quite a bit but Windows 8.1 willingly sabotages around 10GB which leaves the user with a mere 6GB at the disposal. Although one can extend the built-in memory to a sizeable 64GB, the lags are quite frequent if micro SDs are used.
The iBall WQ32 comes with a HD screen which readily incorporates the IPS technology. This 8 inch tablet throws in quite a lot in terms of resolution with 1280x800-pixels up for grabs. The pixel density also has to be on the higher side whereas the company readily covers all the viewing angles with utmost care. Light reflections may get annoying at times whereas the touch interception is also a bit sluggish, as with a few older iBall performers.
Camera and Speakers:
Without going round the hedges we would classify the camera performance to be poor as the 5MP unit doesn’t come out good in any given situation. The snapshots are only average whereas the daylight images can also be considered as good. The 2MP unit at the front works perfectly if video chat is on your mind besides those speckled selfies. The only hardware improvement happens to be the stereo speakers which are strategically placed at the bottom end while ensuring that they blare out quite a lot.
Software and Battery:
We weren’t quite sure as how Windows 8.1 would fare as on an 8 inch tablet but the layout is certainly appealing and enthralling at the same time. The Bing support renders added functionality and the UI looks perfect when viewing in the elusive portrait mode. Games do run smoothly whereas the app scaling problem hinders the overall performance, quite drastically. Be it the 14Wh polymer cell or the Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, this tablet has everything in store for envisioning the truest sense of the desktop replacement.
This would have been a value for money only if the camera was made a bit better but still the iBall WQ32 comes along as a strong competitor within the given price bracket as for the high-end processor and a reasonably good build.
iBall WQ32 Rivals:
Acer Iconia W4
HP Omni 10
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3G
Dell Venue 8
Lenovo Yoga 8
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 3G
Google Nexus 7 2013 4G LTE